Overall objectives of IFPS 

• In conjunction with stakeholders in the industry to improve the supply chain efficiency of the fresh produce industry through developing, implementing and managing harmonised international standards.

• To act as a forum for comment and discussion on issues relating to international standards as they affect the produce industry.

• To make recommendations and advocate appropriate courses of action in relation to international standards that affect the produce industry.

• To develop, implement and manage an international standard for Price Look Up (PLU) numbers.

• The doing of all such other things as are incidental or conducive to attainment of these objectives.

Board of Directors

  • The current Board of Directors consists of:
    • Ed Treacy, Produce Marketing Association (US)- Chairman
    • Harrij Schmeitz, Frug I Com (Netherlands) - Vice-Chair
  • • Jane Proctor, Canadian Produce Marketing Association 
  • • Nigel Jenney, Fresh Produce Consortium (UK)
  • • Karen Brux, Asociacion de Exportadores de Frutas de Chile (ASOEX)
  • • Rebecca Lee, Canadian Horticultural Council
  • • Richard Bennett, Produce Marketing Association (Aus & New Zealand )
  • • G. Sorensen, Norges Frukt-og Gronnsaksgrossisters Forbund (Norway)
  • • Dr Hans Maurer, United Fresh New Zealand
  • • Tom Stenzel (Interim Board Member), United Fresh Produce Association (US)

Please refer to the press release (English, Spanish and
) for further information. 


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New & Recently Added PLU Codes by vbonvetti

Here you can find the new and recently added PLU codes.



Current PLU Applications Under Review by vbonvetti

There are no new PLU applications ready for circulation during this review period

Please contact plu@ifpsglobal.com if you have any questions.


PLU codes in the spotlight by Luijk

PLU codes have been put in the spotlight in Canada. Yesterday, CBC News published an article on PLU codes called 'What those little stickers on fruits and vegetables are for". The article goes deeper into what PLU codes are and why they are used. 

Read the article

Spring meeting in Toronto by Luijk
This week, the Board of Directors of IFPS will be in Canada to get updated on the latest developments in Canadian fresh produce at the CPMA. After this week's events, the Board will hold a meeting on Foodsafety, Product Identification and Supply Chain issues. 

IFPS Launches Mobile App for PLU Codes by Luijk

With over 1,400 price look-up codes (PLUs) now in use around the globe, the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) has launched a user-friendly app to help users from across the supply chain to source PLUs. The launch of the app comes at a time when the demand for the voluntary codes, used for price identification at retail point of sale for fresh produce items that are sold individually, is increasing in North America, Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand and more recently, Mexico. 

Special offer for IFPS assocations and their members by Luijk
Today, Frug I Com and ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA launch a special offer for the members of the associations active in IFPS for SMART Horticulture Asia. Delegate passes for SMART Horticulture Asia are available at a highly discounted rate of 3.000 HKD (35% discount on standard online rate). 
IFPS Board Meets in Chicago during United Fresh Summit 2016 by Luijk

On Thursday June 23rd, the Board of the IFPS met at the McCormick Convention Center in Chicago for their Spring Meeting in conjunction with United Fresh Produce Association’s Convention, United Fresh. The Board welcomed new Board member Gry Sørensen from The Norwegian Association of Fruit and Vegetable Wholesalers.  

In addition Kelly Kirschner, VP of Global Marketing at Sinclair Systems International, LLC participated as a representative of this new associated member. Also new to the group was Elena Tomanovich, Senior Director Industry Engagement as the new liaison for Fresh at GS1 Global.

IFPS & Asia Fruit Logistica join forces for SMART Horticulture Asia by Luijk

IFPS teams up with Asia Fruit Logistica for the first-ever conference for Information Management, Standards & Technology for Asia’s fresh fruit and vegetable sector. 

PLU Code Transition - Leading Digit '8' by cdallacco
As the adoption of price look-up (PLU) codes gain further traction in the produce industry, the IFPS has committed to transitioning the previously unused prefix '8' to accommodate an increase in varieties of fresh produce items as they enter the market. Please refer to the press release (English, Spanish and French) for further information. Additional information can also be found in this article which is an extract from the October 2015 Fresh Magazine issue published by PMA. 

PLU Code Search Function by cdallacco
The PLU Codes database which contains more than 1,400 standard PLU codes for the fresh produce industry is now housed on this site. Please access the search function here

PLU Codes


To access the existing globally-used PLU codes for fresh produce, refer to the PLU codes search section of this site. If you are interested in applying for a new PLU code, please review the assignment criteria and application.

Since there is a limited, reserved range of numbers available for assignment of harmonized IFPS PLU codes, the codes used must be those listed in the database and designated as Retailer Assigned - they cannot be randomly chosen. Unassigned PLU codes are reserved explicitly for use by the IFPS Board in the assignment of new numbers. 



Blog from the Chair

IFPS Global Update

I am pleased to announce that Sinclair Systems International LLC has joined the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) as an associate member and will be represented by Kelly Kirschner, Vice President of Global Marketing. Sinclair pioneered the development of automatic fruit labeling systems over 25 years ago, and now operates in 35 countries worldwide. Sinclair is wholly dedicated to the global fresh produce sector.

In other news, IFPS will be a lead sponsor of a new fresh produce technology conference SMART Horticulture Asia. This one-day conference will take place during ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA on September 08, 2016 in Hong Kong. SMART Horticulture Asia will be the first conference for Information Management, Standards & Technology for Asia’s fresh fruit and vegetable sector. The congress is designed as an annual knowledge and networking hub in Asia on digitalisation and standardisation in the fresh fruit and vegetable sector.

In Mexico, the industry led initiative to implement PLU Codes labeling for fresh fruit and vegetables continues to proceed well with cooperation among retailers, suppliers, ANTAD, GS1 Mexico, PMA and IFPS. Retailers Walmart Mexico, Chedraui, Calimax and HEB Mexico are in the final stages of their implementation with retailers Merco, Arteli, Centro Comercial Cruz Azul, La Comer, Soriana and Alsuper in the early stages of their implementation. The participation from across the entire Mexican fresh produce supply chain continues to grow with over 40 Mexican industry leaders attending the last steering committee meeting for the initiative in Guadalajara on March 17th 2016.

And finally, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, IFPS has received its first application from a French grower/shipper for a new PLU as some French retailers are using the IFPS PLU codes in their stores. IFPS is working with GS1 France to gain an understanding of how many retailers are using the IFPS PLU codes in their stores. 

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